Early Years Series: ideas for creative movement

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In the fourth instalment in our series of blogs focusing on early years dance, I wanted to share some of the activities we have been doing with young children.  My colleague Tahnee Lawson delivers dance sessions in nurseries, to parent and toddler groups and foundation stage classes in primary schools.  Here, she shares some of

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Early Years Series: The Vestibular System

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In the previous blog, I mentioned the vestibular system.  Until 18 months ago, I had never heard of this term, but the more I read on it the more fascinating it becomes! The vestibular system provides our sense of balance and spatial awareness and is located in the inner ear.  It’s an internal guide that

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Early Years Series: Our current research

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This week we are continuing the blog series on Early Years dance.  Tasked with the job of creating a project to develop physical literacy in early years children, JumpStart (in conjunction with our local School Sports Partnership – Team Charnwood) has devised a dance project for reception classes.  By the end of the programme, 12

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Early Years Blog Series

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It’s been a while since I’ve had chance to blog and one of the reasons is due to the amount of exciting projects we currently have on the go! JumpStart are working in conjunction with Team Charnwood to create and roll out an Early Years dance programme that develops children’s physical literacy. Teachers, occupational therapists

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Things I do in the last 10 minutes before I teach

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Lately I’ve been attempting to systemise everything in my business to make it (and myself) more efficient.  Last week I participated in Rachel Holmes’ webinar, which focused on time management (for those of you who don’t know, Rachel is an amazing and inspiring fitness entrepreneur.  Check out choreographytogo.com for more information).  Since then, I have

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5 ways to link The Olympics with Dance

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So the sun is shining and summer is approaching fast.  The Olympics are around the corner and to celebrate, I’ve listed 5 different ways you can incorporate The Olympics into your dance teaching this term. 1. Host a Samba Party In my blog post a few weeks ago I uploaded a video of Samba dancing. 

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Dealing with overwhelm in teaching

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Feeling overwhelmed by your workload?  I have been.  Although it’s an absolute pleasure working as a primary dance teacher and running my own business, it can also be exhausting!  Whilst I don’t have lots of reports to write, assessments to mark and parents evenings to run, I’m always busy keeping my business moving forward and

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Tips for how to keep children focused in your dance class

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Do you find that children can get a little over-excited when they’re dancing?  A big empty space, freedom to move…it can be difficult to to reign children back in and keep the momentum of your dance session. Based on my own experiences of teaching little ones, I’ve created this Vlog to share strategies for keeping

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Fun Rock n Roll Dance Video

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a video on my blog so I thought it was about time I added one!  As it’s getting towards the end of the academic year and things are (hopefully) winding down, the video I’m posting today will be a great idea for a fun and celebratory end-of-term session!

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Keeping the dance class both fun and safe for young people!

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This week’s blog has been written by Charlotte Tomlinson, co-author with Edel Quin & Sonia Rafferty of Safe Dance Practice: An Applied Dance Science Perspective.  Enjoy!  And please buy the book – it is a BRAND NEW publication full of the MOST current information on principles of safe practice that are essential to any dance

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